March for Immigration Reform THIS SATURDAY - Please spread the word
Hello folks, thanks to Alondra for this info - wear WHITE in unity!
Join the March at 2 PM at either of these two points:
1-Corner of Chicago and Franklin
2-Corner of University and Central
April 27, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHAT: March for Immigration Reform, March for America
WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2010
WHERE: Loring Park, Downtown Minneapolis
WHO: More than a thousand immigrant families and students, community members and leaders
Minneapolis, MN - In the wake of the passage of Arizona's racial profiling law or a so-called immigration measure by conservatives, thousands of immigrant families and students are planning rallies and marches across the state of Minnesota to stand against these racist policies and to advocate for a fair and humane immigration reform this Saturday.
The March for Immigration Reform taking place in downtown Minneapolis is expected to draw over a thousand participants who will converge at Loring Park at 4:00pm. Marchers are focusing on passing immigration reform and protesting Arizona's recent punitive immigration law. According to key march organizers, the Arizona law is already being called unconstitutional by US Attorney General Eric Holder and is culpable for throwing Arizona into an "economic black hole" as described by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) for and estimated loss of $700,000,000 in tax dollars from immigrants workers. "We are taking action this Saturday to show people that immigrants are not the problem, immigrants are part of the solution. We pay taxes and we contribute to the state - we are marching to help people see that our rights need to be respected," observes Ruth Nava, a Board Member of the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, one the state's leading immigrant advocacy group who is planning the downtown march this weekend.
Marchers will arrive at Loring Park at 4:00pm, they will gather around the bandstand area to listen and participate in an evening program whose line up include local Spanish-language radio DJs, live performers, personal testimonies of affected families, and advocacy efforts to raise awareness for the need of a fair and humane immigration reform.